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Coming next!

1 Jan

I’ve spent the day sorting out the cover for my next release. I’ve finally decide to release another Sherlock Holmes story as a stand alone ebook.

I haven’t decided on an official price yet but it’ll probably be about $1.50 or £1.20 in the UK. It may not go on sale to US markets due to copyright issues but I’ll definitely be selling it in the UK through Smashwords.

I hope all the Sherlock fans support this release and buy it!

Heads up about 2 Feedbooks titles being taken down

7 Oct
It appears that Feedbooks have removed Non-stop To Nowhere and Marriage Vows for some unexplained reason.
 
In the meantime, please download them from Smashwords until I get an explanation that I’m satisfied with.
 
This is to Feedbooks.
 
It’s a bit naughty to remove an authors work without telling them, consulting them or informing them why you’ve done it.
 
I’m lucky that I distribute my stuff in such a way that allows me rapid access to the original url.
 
If these titles were taken down for a reason, I want to know why. if it’s a mistake, put them back and apologise. If someone complained about them, tell me why.
 
Whatever the reason was. I deserve to be informed.

News on ebook releases

31 Jul

A few thoughts.

I’m not sure if I’ll be maintaining the ebook release schedule next year as I’ve done for the last few years.

I’m not getting a massive amount of downloads, I’m not getting many sales of the pay titles and the amount of time that goes into just doing the damn release is a lot.

I don’t think readers realise I am a one man operation, from creation, to edit, to proof, to cover to release and advertising. It’s not magical publishing elves, it’s just me in a different t-shirt.

As of now (Sunday 31st July 2016), no solid decision has been made. I’ll continue to do the releases this year but there is the chance this might be the end of monthly free ebooks from me.

There may be 2 pay titles being released later this year and the novel is still to be finalised then released as well.

More on this subject when I make more solid choices.

Just be aware, the gravy train may well be at an end.

So Why Did I Release A Story About Steve Irwin?

21 Feb

Some people might come across the links (below)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/616999 or http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/36860/she-ll-be-right

in the course of their ebook browsing.

They might wonder, what made me write this story?

I’ve always been a massive fan of Steve Irwin’s, from the very first time I saw him on TV.

The guy had a love for life, a love for what he was doing and a love for his friends and family. Steve Irwin was a genuinely nice man. And that’s a rarity in this day and age.

I don’t want people thinking I wrote this to cash in on his memory. Far from it, in fact. The ebook is free, the cover was a creative commons image so also free. I’m not making ANYTHING from that story.

I wrote the story as part of my “Year Of Living Bradbury“, and I missed Steve terribly. It didn’t help that I lost my oldest sister to cancer that year too, so it made me think of people I cared about.

I may never have met Steve, but I liked him. I cared about him. He was passionate, and that kind of passion is infectious. He made me care about what I was doing.

He made me see that even though the path wasn’t easy and people weren’t beating my door down to buy my fiction, I had to keep on trying, to keep on going until I did make it. And I have made it.

If anyone who knew Steve (or Terri or Bindi) do happen to read this, let them know, I wrote that story because I wanted to express how Steve inspired me. I wanted to capture his essence, feel his presence once again, even if it was something I was dreaming up.

I wrote Steve how I perceived Steve. He might not have sworn as much (probably me typecasting the Aussies there, sorry) but I do feel that his passion for what he was doing wouldn’t have changed what happened.

We can only dream about what might have been. In my case, I chose to write about it.

This story is my thanks to Steve for what he gave us. His unabated passion.

We miss you Steve Irwin.

Links for this months free ebook release!

1 Nov

This months freebie is NOW live! Available at the links below.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589756 or

http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/36237/the-most-famous-face-you-ve-never-heard-of

A quirky (and VERY short) alternate history piece about Bettie Page. If you like it, tweet me @RayDaleyWriter

Excellent News!

24 Oct

I didn’t get the chance to announce this when it happened, mostly because of computer issues but I’ve finally made my very first commercial sale!

The extremely nice Douglas Lain has accepted my story “Seeing Double” for his forthcoming war anthology entitled Deserts Of Fire.

No word on when it’ll be released but I’ll update you when I know more.

I can direct you to a couple of my latest appearances. My story “The Waiting Room” is now appearing in the anthology “Steps In Time” from Crimson Cloak. You can buy that on Smashwords (as well as other places!) with all money going to Alzheimers UK. I was okay with not getting paid writing for something that supported Terry Pratchett’s charity.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550333

I also had a story published in Ealaín 11, themed “What If”. That’s called “Wipeout”, it’s an alternate WW2 story I wrote to make people think. It’s available to buy here :- http://www.magzter.com/ZA/MPA-Publishing/Ealain/Art/

It’s not exactly expensive, considering how many stories and poems are inside too.

First freebie of the year!

1 Jan

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/506377 or http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/34940/the-old-ways
It’s the 1st ‪#‎free‬ ‪#‎ebook‬ of 2015!
It’s short so there’ll be another in 2 weeks.
If you like it, tweet me @RayDaleyWriter